The Espresso Book Machine: A Savory Vehicle for Sacramento Area Authors

Story and photo by Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-13

Watching the EBM, one is reminded of the Everlasting Gobstopper machine from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Three hundred eighty authors and counting have published their works through I Street Press at the Sacramento’s Central Public Library.  On the second floor one will find the Espresso Book Machine (EBM).  This isn’t a venue for selling lattes to local bookworms.  On the contrary, the EBM is state of the art machinery, and is budding writers’ self-contained means of making their work known.

The first EBM was unveiled at the New York Public Library in 2007.  Now more than fifty such contraptions exist in such far flung locations as Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi.  Sacramento’s unit, installed in 2011, is one of only two EBM’s in California.

The machine occupies the space of two storage freezers one might have in their garage.  But it’s a heck of a lot more interesting to watch.  Witnesses marvel as a book is molded and formed before their eyes.  This includes binding the text to a cover with hot glue.  Watching the EBM, one is reminded of the Everlasting Gobstopper machine from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  A 300-page volume takes about five minutes to print.  Like the Everlasting Gobstopper, a single, self-contained unit comes out at the end.  It’s literally hot off the press.  Wonka’s magical candy was designed to last forever.  Similarly, a new paperback is there for the ages.

On the introductory video for the I Street Press, Rivkah Sass, Director of the Sacramento Public Library, describes the appeal of the EBM.  “Most of us have a book inside us,” she proclaims.  “And I Street was really about how do we, as the library, become that center of community-based publishing for the Sacramento region.”

Through I Street Press, authors can self-publish.  Before such technology existed, a writer would traditionally send his/her work to a publisher, or possibly fifty publishers, with hopes that one of them would pick up their book.  The sole way for a writer to earn his/her stripes was through a publishing house.  A would-be author could do it alone, but hiring a bookbinder was a costly vehicle.  So-called vanity publishing had a negative implication in its very name.  But now, the ball is in the author’s court, as technology such as the EBM is allowing these individuals greater flexibility with their printed words.  It’s truly changing lives for authors of all levels. 

One individual whose life was enhanced through the I Street Press is Lance Pyle.  Pyle employs the nom de plume Peter Blueberry as the author of The Agency of Obnoxious Laughter.   In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, Pyle combines humorous poetry with illustrations.  I Street Press got Pyle started, and now he has a series of more than twenty poetry books.  Pyle’s career as an architect flourished, and then his life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed with throat cancer.  He was forced into retirement and “didn’t have anything to do.”  That’s when Pyle started dabbling with rhymes, accompanied by drawings.  The prolific poet and artist has created his volumes without benefit of writing or art classes.  Pyle says of newfound creativity, “I didn’t know I had it until I had to go find it.”  He has now sold more than 3,000 of his books independently. 

Pyle, as all I Street Press authors, got started through an initial meeting with librarian Gerald Ward.  Ward maintains the I Street Press as a one-person operation.  While each book on the EBM is printed the same way, Ward recognizes that every author’s needs are different.  Some are accomplished writers, while others come to the I Street Press with merely an idea.  No matter where one is in the writing process, Ward is happy to encourage the writer’s endpoint of holding their very own book in his/her hands. 

The initial librarian’s consultation is free of charge.  After assessing the would-be author’s needs, Ward will point the individual in the right direction to get started on their book.  This might include hiring an outside editor or taking a writing class.  Ward states, “Whether 40 or 700 pages, there is a $6 charge per book and 3 cents per page.”  The writer may complete a proof copy as part of the package.  The fine-tuning process continues until the final copy is completed.  The end product is an actual published book, complete with ISBN, copyright, and bar code.  Additional fees for set-up and revisions are arranged between Ward and the author.  The I Street Press is a nonprofit organization.  Fees paid by authors using the EBM are contributions to the library to help maintain its services.      

Those interested in the I Street Press are encouraged to see the process first hand.  For more information, go to

The Job Search: New Light on an Old Issue

By Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-20

Marty Nemko was called “career coach extraordinaire” by U.S. News and is the author of the just-published, Careers for Dummies. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Countless people have been there.  It’s daybreak, and the angst sets in.  Midsummer is traditionally the time of year when recent high school and college graduates focus on career issues.  Meanwhile, many people who have been out in the workforce for some time are looking to rebuild their professional lives.

An anonymous university career advisor in Fresno reminds individuals to focus on the foundation of the career search.  “The commonality is what I call your sales documents,” she proclaims.  “This would be a resume and cover letter.  A resume is not just a fact sheet; it’s a sales sheet.”  She warns that even a quality resume submitted is a waste of time if it is not effectively targeted to an appropriate job prospect, calling it the “spray and pray” method. 

While shooting straight for the dream job is enticing, the advisor proclaims, a structured game plan is the most effective tool.  She illustrates her point, noting that after three-decades in helping people find work, “How the heck do I have any business applying for a job as a senator?” 

Marty Nemko, author of Careers for Dummies, would concur, maintaining that too many job seekers don’t have realistic expectations of their abilities.  “About seventy-five percent of people think they’re above average,” Nemko reports.  He also maintains that many job seekers have the exact opposite problem, that they don’t have enough self-confidence to pursue the work they are meant to do.  As a result, they sell themselves short with low paying and unfulfilling work. 

Nemko will also maintain that the traditional progression from high school to university isn’t necessarily the right way to go for long term career success.  Ironically, such a proclamation comes from a man who obtained his doctorate in educational psychology from UC Berkeley.  “I didn’t succeed because I earned a Ph.D.,” Nemko asserts.  On the contrary, Nemko holds that elbow grease, not his advanced degrees, paved the road to his success.  He reflects on his own unfulfilling high school and university experience, being forced to absorb information that he ultimately didn’t need to know.  “I would have done better learning on my own.”

The two experts would concur that higher education isn’t always the pathway to success for a teenager who is looking toward their career future.  The university advisor notes that modern high schools are doing a better job than before with helping students establish careers after graduation.  She notes examples of programs that train students as nursing assistants and diesel mechanics.  Such individuals are able to hit the ground running with solid careers after graduation.  “College isn’t for everybody,” the advisor reminds. 

Nemko advises careerists to focus on the process of employment, and that the dream job probably won’t fall into someone’s lap.  When asked about mistakes job seekers make, Nemko laments that too many are unwilling to lay the necessary groundwork needed to find fulfilling employment.  “I think they spend too much time on the sidelines, thinking about the perfect career.” 

Similarly, the university career advisor asserts the importance of keeping an endpoint in mind, along with plans to get there.  Working with students and alumni who are planning or retooling their careers, she will ask them, “What’s your game plan?  What do you want to end up with, and what do you want to do?”  She holds that this advice applies not only to those who are starting out in the work world, but also for established professionals who long for a change.  She notes the importance of acknowledging one’s interests and how they might apply on the job market.  The advisor reflects on meeting with an accountant who was sick of his job, and wanted something entirely different.  His wife noted that he was good with children, and truly enjoyed his time as a little league coach.  After hitting on that one insight, the dissatisfied professional clarified the objective of his career shift and asked, “How do I go from being a CPA to being a school counselor.”  The advisor notes that he was off and running from there.

Marty Nemko was called “career coach extraordinaire” by U.S. News and is the author of the just-published, Careers for Dummies.       

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Seven interleague games will feature two fireworks nights, Dorados, and a Willie Mays bobblehead

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats are expected to welcome San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria to Sacramento for next week’s seven-game homestand. The club will host the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals) and the Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs) for the first and only time this year. The season’s ninth homestand is presented by Eskaton, and includes Dorados Night and a visit from Eric Byrnes, Wet Nose Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Orange Friday fireworks featuring a Willie Mays bobblehead giveaway, Sutter Health Fireworks Saturday, as well as Princess & Pirate Night, and K-LOVE Sunday Funday.

Tuesday, July 24 – River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Dorados de Sacramento: The River Cats will take the field as the Dorados, with luchador-themed jerseys and caps! Come join the fun with this immersive nod to Hispanic and Latin culture at Raley Field.

·         Eric Byrnes Visit: Former River Cats and 11-year Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes will be back at Raley Field to promote the Let Them Play Foundation and his Triathlon Across America. He will also be throwing out a first pitch and signing autographs for fans.

·         Family Value Tuesday: Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 ice cream cups for Toyota Family Value Tuesdays.

Wednesday, July 25 – River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Wet Nose Wednesday: Dogs are free at every Wednesday home game this season at Raley Field with owner ticket on the Toyota Home Run Hill. Package with hot dog, dog bandana, and ticket available for just $20 at

Thursday, July 26 – River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Book Signing at the On Deck Shop: Come grab your copy of Falling in Love With Baseball by Chris Mavraedis on the concourse outside the On Deck Shop and get a chance to meet the author!

·         Thirsty Thursday: 12-oz beers are just $2 in the Sactown Smokehouse BBQ area!

Friday, July 27 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Willie Mays Bobblehead Giveaway: Be one of the first 2,500 fans to enter Raley Field to receive an exclusive Willie Mays bobblehead.

  • Food Trucks: Gyro King food truck will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         #OrangeFridayLive music and $2 off craft beers in the Knee Deep Alley from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., postgame fireworks, and of course, orange Sactown jerseys.

Saturday, July 28 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Television Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on CW31/KMAX. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m.

·         Radio Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Princess & Pirate Night: Dress up your little princesses and pirates for an evening of fun! Check out a special ticket pack that includes a wand and tiara or a sword and eye patch giveaway.

  • Food Trucks: Buckhorn BBQ and Masa Guiseria food trucks will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         Saturday Night Fireworks: Enjoy themed fireworks shows after every Saturday game, courtesy of Sutter Health.

Sunday, July 29 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 12:00 p.m. 

·         Radio Broadcast: Today’s game will be broadcast live online at, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Sunday Funday: K-LOVE Sunday Funday features pregame player autographs and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

Monday, July 30 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 11:00 a.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

·         Baseball Bingo Monday: Each play on the field corresponds to a square on your Bingo card, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Tickets are still available for all games and can be purchased online at, over the phone by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487), emailing, or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Box Office at Raley Field.

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Yolo County DA's Office Gives Tips to Prevent Car Break-ins and Home Burglaries

Yolo County Release  |  2018-07-19

WOODLAND, CA (MPG) - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig is warning residents of Yolo County to be extra vigilant during the summer months to avoid being burglarized.  This past week, there have been numerous posts about burglaries on the local Nextdoor social network including the following post from a Davis resident:  “Late last night around 12:30 am people tried to get in through the front door. Thankfully it was locked. I heard the front door moving from my room. We have bells on it and I heard the bells and the door shake. There was no wind at all. Afterwards, I looked out of my bedroom window and saw a man and a woman walking away from the front door. The woman saw me in the window and told the man who then looked up also. I ducked down. I peeked up and they left. I went downstairs and checked the front door and stayed up for a while.”  

Although, Yolo County overall is an extremely safe place to live, home and car burglaries, as well as crimes of theft, occur every day. Burglaries make up a large percentage of crimes referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.  The following tips are some considerations to protect your home and car during these hot summer months when people tend to leave windows open or belongings in their car while they run, bike, and swim or are away on vacation. 

Car break-in prevention tips:
• Always lock your car and roll up your windows.
• Never leave your wallet or purse in your car.
• Do not leave valuables in your car.
• Glove boxes do not equal safety, do not store gift cards or reward cards there.
• If you do leave valuables in your car, hide them before you park and get out, not when you park. Thieves watch their tar¬gets and can see you shoving valuables under your seat or storing them in your trunk.
• Do not leave the key to your car on top of your tire or in the wheel well when you’re at out shopping or at the gym. Thieves know that trick.
• Keep in mind that even the most cautious person can fall prey to theft. But, the harder you make it to obtain your valu¬ables, the greater likelihood you won’t have to replace them.

Home burglary prevention tips:
• Burglars tend to strike when you’re at work to avoid confrontation or getting caught, always lock your doors and windows.
• For those who leave windows open, only leave enough space for air to get through, not a human body.
• Open windows should be secured with a bar in the window sill to prevent it from being opened all the way.
• Online shoppers, consider getting a locker instead of allowing packages to be left unattended on your doorstep.
• Thieves follow delivery trucks and steal packages in broad daylight.
• Consider investing in an in¬expensive doorbell camera.
• Do not leave an extra key to your home under a rock or in a planter; store it in a lockbox instead.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig is reminding Davis residents, “Remember to always think about your personal safety. That starts with not leaving doors unlocked and windows open in order to avoid the heat. If you can, invest in a fan, locked screen door or a cooling system. Criminals look for the easiest target, so don’t make it easy on them.” 

For more information about these tips or and how to prevent car break-ins and home burglaries please call the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office at (530) 666-8180 visit our website at

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Greg Kihn Happy to be Back Out on the Road

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-19

Rock and Roller, long time radio DJ and author Greg Kihn is set to play the California State Fair on Friday, July 27 at 7pm on the Golden 1 Stage.

Set to Play State Fair

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roller Greg Kihn is a rarity among the music world. Sitting down to speak with the singer/songwriter, band leader, radio personality and author, it was interesting to hear his perspective of a successful career in both sides of the media and the evolution of music both on and off the stage.

Long time Bay Area radio host and DJ, Kihn made a name for himself as a media personality after a successful career as a rock and roll artist, reaching #2 in the US Top 100 charts in 1983 with his hit single Jeopardy. Throughout his five decade career, Kihn has recorded 13 Top 100 singles and eight Billboard Top 200 albums while playing alongside some of the biggest name in the world.

“When you’re writing a song, you can tell the ones that are going to be really good songs and you can tell the ones that are going to be throwaways,” Kihn explained. “The songs that write themselves are always invariably better.”

Despite his musical success, his 1990s transition into radio came at the right time. “When I got into radio I had been on the road for like a million years. It was time for me to kind of stay home,” said Kihn.

He found unique joy in his radio work because he was usually spinning records of artists that were his friends. “I was a classic rock DJ and some of the bands I played, I knew them personally,” explained Kihn. “I either played with them or toured with them or recorded with them. So every time I’d whip out a song, chances are I knew the guys and it was a lot more fun.”

Whether songwriting, recording, touring, working in radio or writing novels, the inspiration remains. “It was all part of being creative because whether you were writing a novel or writing a song, it didn’t matter as long as the creative juices were flowing.”

Kihn recently stepped away from radio after more than 15 years and he is once again enjoying life back in the studio and on the road. The release of his 2017 album Rekihndled and his current summer tour with good friend Rick Springfield have treated him well.

“I’m having a ball going back out on the road. I remember back in the old days it was a real pain in the butt...You’d go out and be gone for months and I didn’t like it that much. But these days I like it; it’s kind of like going to summer camp.”

Kihn has embraced the opportunity to be able to play alongside his son, Ry, who is the band’s lead guitarist. “If I didn’t have Ry in my band, my son playing guitar, I don’t know what I would do because he understands me and he knows what to play.”

Ry grew up in a world surrounded by great guitarists, most notably guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who had a brief stint in the Greg Kihn Band during mid-80s before his own career took flight.

When asking Kihn if he is the only person to ever get the high wired Satriani to mellow out his playing style he recalled, “I think so . . . We used to change the set like every other day. I would throw in stuff that I knew would screw up Joe but of course you can’t screw up Joe because he’s already there, he’s already got everything down.”

Kihn continued to praise the talented Satriani: “You know how musicians are back stage. You’ll be playing every (Rolling) Stones song you knew or every Led Zeppelin song or whatever, so we’d be messing around with some songs and try to stump Joe and you couldn’t stump him - the guy knew every song in the world.”

Kihn’s appreciation for music is admirable. He has written several books surrounding the history of Rock and Roll including Rubber Soul: a murder mystery novel that takes place during the rise of the Beatles and most recently Painted Black: the tragic tale of the “death and misadventure” of Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones.

“The turning point in most musicians’ lives is the Beatles on Ed Sullivan,” proclaimed Kihn. “The Beatles and the Stones - that was it for me. That was my generation.”

Despite all of the different career paths and music industry changes over the decades, one thing remains the same: Kihn’s guitar rig. “Over the years I never changed. I still have the same Fender Telecaster - I’m just a Telecaster guy - and I’ve had the same one since probably the early 70s,” said Kihn proudly. “I’ve had the same guitar and the same amp, which is a Fender Super Reverb. It’s a Fender through a Fender.”

As Kihn explained, “Rock and Roll is a constantly mutating art form.” But some things are set in stone.

Greg Kihn is set to play the California State Fair on Friday, July 27 at 7pm on the Golden 1 Stage.

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“California at Bat” Chronicling the State’s Baseball History Opens July 29 at the California Museum

California Museum Release  |  2018-07-19

Highlights include San Francisco Giants home jersey game worn by Willie Mays in 1965, the season he led the NL with 52 home runs and won his second NL MVP Award. Considered the game’s greatest all-around player, Mays has lived in California since moving with the Giants in 1958.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The California Museum announced “California at Bat: America’s Pastime in the Golden State” will open on Sun., July 29, 2018. The all-new exhibit chronicles California’s baseball history from the Gold Rush to present, revealing its legacy of all-stars and the contributions of female, African American and other players who broke barriers to broaden its enduring appeal. Featuring more than 200 rarely-seen artifacts, highlights include uniforms, equipment and ephemera from Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and others, along with objects from Pacific Coast League teams and from Edmonds Field, home of the Sacramento Solons until 1960.

“We are thrilled to present ‘California at Bat,’” said California Museum Executive Director Amanda Meeker. “Although the major leagues didn’t arrive until the 1950s, Californians have enjoyed baseball for 160 years. This exhibit offers an unprecedented opportunity to view artifacts representing the sweep of California baseball from 19th century town ball to the legends of baseball’s Golden Age and the heroes of the modern era.”

Curated by the California Museum, “California at Bat” was developed in collaboration with Stephen Wong, author of three Smithsonian Books, including “Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments” (2016). A renowned baseball historian and collector, Wong contributed expertise and more than 80 artifacts from his personal collection illustrating many of baseball’s most famous players. Highlights include:

•             New York Yankees rookie uniform game worn by Joe DiMaggio (1914-2000) in 1936, the only season of he wore number 9. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, DiMaggio is best known for his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, a standing record in 2018.

•             Boston Red Sox home uniform game worn by Ted Williams (1918-2002) in 1950, the season his career nearly ended after breaking his arm in the All-Star game. The San Diego native was the last player to bat over .400 in a season (.406 in 1941).

•             San Francisco Giants home jersey game worn by Willie Mays (b. 1931) in 1965, the season he led the NL with 52 home runs and won his second NL MVP Award. Considered the game’s greatest all-around player, Mays has lived in California since moving with the Giants in 1958.

•             Los Angeles Dodgers road jersey game worn by Sandy Koufax (b. 1935) in 1966, the last year of his MLB career and the year he won a third Cy Young Award. A resident of California since moving with the Dodgers in 1958, Koufax is also remembered for sitting out Game 1 of the 1965 World Series when it fell on Yom Kippur, and for pitching baseball’s eighth perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965.

“As a native Californian who is deeply passionate about baseball and the history of the game, I’m proud and honored to have been a part of ‘California at Bat,’” said Stephen Wong. “I’m delighted to share my collection with members of the public in this extraordinary new installation revealing the state’s significant contributions to baseball.”

Contributions of Californians who broke barriers are also explored. For example, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), the first African American to play MLB in the modern era, is heralded through a 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers team-autographed ball, along with a ticket and program from his April 15, 1947 debut. In addition to ending the segregation that had relegated African Americans to the Negro Leagues since the 1880s, Robinson was also the first to win a NL MVP Award, reflected by his 1949 trophy on display.

Accomplishments of California women are shown through uniforms from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and modern softball Olympians, while artifacts from Japanese American and Mexican American leagues emphasize the sport’s role in facilitating social and political networks in disadvantaged communities.

In addition, the exhibit surveys the state’s baseball history before the arrival of the majors in 1958. Uniforms, equipment and ephemera revisit the Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, Oakland Oaks, Hollywood Stars, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels, while objects from Edmonds Field, home of the Sacramento Solons until 1960, recall the local baseball park experience.

“California at Bat” will open in a public event on Sun., July 29 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights include $5.00 reduced admission; presentations by Stephen Wong, Matt Stone and Alan O’Connor; 19th century “base ball” demonstrations; Home Run Challenge and Speed Pitch games; baseball card evaluations; beer garden (21+); food trucks; hands-on kids’ activities and more. For details on the exhibit continuing through Dec. 30, 2018, visit

Source: California Museum

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Did you know that residential water use in the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day and most of it goes toward watering our landscapes? And that as much as half of it is wasted?

You can help make a difference and water more efficiently by installing a WaterSense-labeled weather-based “smart” sprinkler controller.

Instead of running according to a preset schedule, weather-based sprinkler controllers adjust for local weather conditions and run based on the needs of your plants and soil conditions. The controllers use real-time measurements, historic weather information and information about your yard to determine the precise amount of water that is needed.

Replacing a standard clock timer sprinkler controller with a WaterSense-labeled weather-based controller can save you over 8,000 gallons of water annually. And there are even models available you can control from your phone and sync up with your other “smart” devices at home.

You’ll have a healthier yard, use less water and you’ll no longer have to worry about setting it.

You can find out more at:

And be sure to visit to apply for a rebate for a new controller.

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Former River Cats Outfielder Eric Byrnes Returns to Raley Field Tuesday, July 24

Sacramento River Cats Release  |  2018-07-19

Former River Cats outfielder, Eric Byrnes.

11-year Major League Veteran Visits Sacramento to Promote Let Them Play Foundation

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Former Sacramento River Cat and 11-year Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes will make a stop at Raley Field on Tuesday, July 24 as he promotes the Let Them Play Foundation and his attempted Triathlon Across America. Byrnes played parts of three seasons in Sacramento from 2000-2002, and will be at Raley Field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, sign autographs for fans, and present a grant to a local youth sports organization on behalf of the Let Them Play Foundation.

Byrnes made his River Cats debut during the teams’ inaugural season in 2000, and played a total of 198 games across three seasons in Sacramento. He was a career .298 hitter in Triple-A and is honored on the River Cats’ Wall of Fame at Raley Field. Byrnes went on to play 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners. He is known best around baseball for his high energy, speed, and hustle.

Since his retirement from baseball in 2010, Byrnes has stayed active as a world-class endurance athlete, a television broadcaster, author, and philanthropist. He will be stopping in Sacramento on July 24 during the second leg of his Triathlon Across America in which he will swim the seven miles from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Oakland, then bike 2,344 miles from Oakland to Chicago, and finally run the final 846 miles from Chicago to Yankee Stadium in New York.

The mission of the Let Them Play Foundation and Triathlon Across America is to raise awareness and funding for national and local organizations that are committed to expanding youth physical education and after school activity programs. For more information about the Let Them Play Foundation or to donate, please visit

Tickets are still available for the July 24 game against the Omaha Storm Chasers. For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email

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A Notice from the Delta Stewardship Council Regarding the CA WaterFix Project

By Delta Stewardship Council  |  2018-07-19

For more information visit the Delta Stewardship Council at


To All Interested Persons:

The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) is aware that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has identified the WaterFix project as a covered action, and posted a draft certification of consistency with the Delta Plan on its WaterFix website:

As a result, the Council has ended early consultation efforts with DWR (see Water Code section 85225.5). Out of an abundance of caution, the Council (including its staff and consultants) is now placing itself under ex parte communication restrictions in anticipation of its quasi-judicial role with respect to the WaterFix project (see Government Code section 11430.10). This means that Councilmembers, Council staff and consultants cannot and will not communicate about or discuss the WaterFix project with any person outside of the Council.  The one exception is a communication concerning the administrative or procedural status of the WaterFix project. Those inquiries shall not be regarded as ex parte communications, and may be directed to this email address:

If you have any questions about the covered action process, please visit the Council website at: If you would like to receive listserv notices about the WaterFix certification of consistency if/when DWR files it with the Council, you may subscribe to that listserv here (scroll to "Get Updates" and click "Subscribe"): The Council’s covered action appeals procedures may be found here:


Kind regards,

Jessica Pearson, Executive Officer

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ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Michael Ray to Play California State Fair

Special Release  |  2018-07-19

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, ZZ Top will play Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo with very special guests George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Michael Ray on July 26.  Tickets range from $49.50 - $86.00 and includes entrance into the California State Fair on July 26.  

ZZ Top holds the distinction of being one of the longest running bands with the original line-up.  Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard reflect their Texas roots in everything with their non-stop rock and blues, resulting in over 50 million albums sold worldwide.  “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.”  With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. ZZ TOP is the same but always changing.   Their latest release, Live - Greatest Hits From Around The World, is a reflection of their enduring presence as a top tier live attraction.  It was recorded at locations on three continents and includes Jeff Beck guesting on the classic “Sixteen Tons.”

Over the course of the last four decades, George Thorogood, with his longtime legendary band, The Destroyers -- Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) -- has sold more than 15 million albums, released 16 studio albums – including six gold and two platinum discs -- and performed more than 8,000 live shows. George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ catalog of hits include: “Who Do You Love?,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Get A Haircut,” and the anthemic “Bad To The Bone.”   In 2017, George Thorogood’s released his first-ever solo album, PARTY OF ONE, which landed in the Top 10 on Soundscan’s “Top Current Blues Albums” chart, marking George’s fastest-selling album in nearly 20 years. 

July 26 at 6:30 PM

Papa Murphy's Park

At Cal Expo


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